John McRae 13 May 1928 - 3 May 1953 Key details Contribute › Service number204368 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJohn AWMM SurnameMcRae AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number204368 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth13 May 1928 AWMM Place of birthThamesCoromandel DistrictWaikatoNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesThamesCoromandelNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentMill hand AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMHikutaiaNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr Leonard McRae (father)WhangamataNew Zealand AWMM Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number204368 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Embarkation body Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Served with Kayforce 1952-53"During the following night, 2 - 3 May, the regiment suffered its first, and only, enemy-inflicted fatal casualties of the year. A heavy bombardment seemed to indicate that an attack on 28 Brigade was imminent, though in the end it fell on neighbouring Canadians and gave the New Zealand gunners a busy night. While operating behind Hill 159, Sergeant R.J. Reid, 162 Battery's signals sergeant, and Gunner John McRae were killed by this enemy shellfire." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 338)Gunner McRae's sister, Mrs Witarina MacKenzie of Whangamata received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003 AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death24 AWMM Date of death3 May 1953 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathKorea AWMM Death notesKorea AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameUnited Nations CemeteryPusanKorea AWMM Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference ObituaryNZ Herald, 5 May 1953, p. 8. AWMM Report Roll of Honour Remember John McRae by laying a poppy. James McRae James Kenneth McRae John McRae John McGregor McRae John Nicholson McRae Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of John McRae Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMIan McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 338, 371, 407. [photo of funeral service pp. 350-351] AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMNZ Herald, 5 May 1953, p. 8. AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.